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Combatting loneliness

Many older people wake up  feeling lonely and isolated and with no one to turn to.  The Silver Line charity was founded by Dame Esther Rantzen in 2013 to offer support to the 1.2 million older people in Britain believed to be struggling with loneliness and social isolation. The Silver Line is a confidential helpline. Callers are free to express their feelings, and describe their lives honestly, and can trust…

Join us! Cleaning and grounds maintenance inspections

Our Housing Team aim to visit our estates on a quarterly basis to monitor the cleaning and grounds maintenance service you receive. Our next round of cleaning and grounds maintenance inspections will be taking place in January, and we will be writing to you with dates shortly. We know you all have busy lives, but most inspections are likely to be for less than an hour and your input would…

Saving you money on your energy bills

Did you know that you can save as much as £300 a year on your energy bills by switching to a fixed rate tariff?  Energy suppliers often raise their prices just in time for the coldest, darkest, most expensive time of year. A fixed rate tariff would also give you more predictable billing and protect you from the price hikes. If you’re one of the 60% of people in the…

Rechargeable Repairs

There are occasions when tenants approach us to carry out repairs that are not our responsibility, or where we have no alternative but to carry out a repair that is the tenant’s responsibility because of health and safety to people, property or similar reasons. Examples of rechargeable repairs include: willful damage or neglect caused by the tenant, their family, pets or visitors eg damage to doors or locks electrical faults…

Don’t forget our London Irish Centre Older person’s outreach service

If you are having a problem with things such as housing, health, benefits, passports and financial issues, don’t forget you can come along and meet Mary for advice sessions in our office at 190 Iverson Road on Monday and Friday each week. If you would like to pop along to see her, give her a ring on 020 7372 4389 or 07947 108 467, or email her at marygleeson@londonirishcentre.org to…

House Exchange 

House Exchange is a web based scheme to help local authority and housing association residents find people who want to swap homes with them. Registration is quick, easy and free for residents. The House Exchange website will try to match you with other households wherever you’re looking to move to. You will be able to search for homes either locally or anywhere in the UK, so whatever your reason for moving,…

Standing up to domestic abuse

We believe a home should provide safety and security, but for many people home is anything but safe because they are one of many victims of domestic abuse across the UK. Developed by the Chartered Institute of Housing, in partnership with the Domestic Abuse Housing Alliance (DAHA) and Women’s Aid, Innisfree has become one of over a hundred housing associations who have signed up to the Make a Stand pledge…

Green Hearts Challenge: show your heart some love

Irish in Britain’s Green Hearts is a new initiative designed to address the heart health of Britain’s Irish community. The aim is to develop a nationwide heart health campaign that improves the health, wellbeing and healthy years of life among the Irish community in Britain. Heart health is a sizeable concern for the Irish community with clear evidence of excess, and in some cases increasing, mortality among Irish men and…

Ambassador – you are spoiling us…

Not many can say that their shed was officially opened by an Ambassador, but that is the case for Innisfree Housing Association’s ‘Men’s Shed’ at one of its sheltered schemes, Clochar Court in Harlesden. To be fair, this is no ordinary shed.  It builds on a concept for community investment first begun in Australia in the 1990s and targeted at men experiencing mental health issues or having problems with transitioning…

StepChange Debt Charity

StepChange Debt Charity helps thousands of people every week to overcome serious debt problems. For free debt advice and solutions contact StepChange via their website www.stepchange.org or call tel: 0800 138 1111. Calls are free from all landlines and mobiles. Lines are open: Mon to Fri 8am to 8pm and Sat 8am to 4pm. Don’t forget to use their budget form to gather your information before calling. A debt advice call takes around 40…

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